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Overview

Uncover the archeological mysteries of Pompeii and Herculaneum on an enriching full-day excursion from Sorrento. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the devastation of Mt. Vesuvius’ ancient eruption first hand as you explore the volcanic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on foot. Delve deep into the tragic history of the region, and then revitalize with a delicious Italian lunch at a traditional restaurant. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 21 people.
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip from Sorrento
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities destroyed by the Mt. Vesuvius eruption
  • Learn about these intriguing archaeological sites from an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch with wine at a local Italian restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 21 ensures a more personalized experience
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Professional guide
Ligh lunch with 1 glass of wine
Transport by air-conditioned minibus 21 seats
possibility to arrange hotel pick up and drop off
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Hairbio Salon , Via Correale, 40, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

Meeting by the Achille Lauro parking area in Sorrento at 09:00am Hotel pick up , if possible, is available on request by email. Thank you!

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minibus at a central Sorrento location, or arrange for hotel pickup, before you relax during the scenic journey to Pompeii and Herculaneum, two ancient cities devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. 

Feel your excitement heighten as you approach the sites of the miraculously preserved, 2,000-year-old ruins and commence a guided tour of the Herculaneum area. Receive a fascinating introduction to the city and how it was buried under a sea of volcanic ash following Mt. Vesuvius’ unexpected eruption. 

Next, travel onward to Pompeii, stopping for a revitalizing Italian lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Please see the Itinerary section for a sample menu. Sated, embark on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins with your expert guide. 

Delve into the encompassing intrigue of the ancient city destroyed by the mighty volcano; see excavations of ancient monuments and admire the perfectly preserved structure of Villa of Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri), so-called because of the frescoes, statues, and walls that sustained little damage during the eruption. 

Suitably impressed, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Sorrento, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Herculaneum
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Acampora Travel
Acampora
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
  • OPERATED BY TUI italia s.r.l
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
Excellent tour and knowledgeable guide
Jose_N
, Jul 2022
Excellent value and experience. Tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Only downer was the service where we had lunch which is not the operators fault.
star-5
Fantastic experience
James_T
, Jul 2022
Tour guide Ralf was brilliant even on bus journey to Pompeii he provided historical context. At both sites he was able to bring to life every home, shop, street, etc.
star-5
History brought to life
Kalie_B
, Jul 2022
Tony was the best! He provided so much incredible information and made the already amazing place even more intriguing.
star-4
Oversubscribed but a good overview
Lucy_E
, Jul 2022
Everyone I had spoken to said if you do Pompeii you have to do Herculaneum, so when I found this trip I was really pleased. What I hadn’t realised was how HUGE Pompeii is so 2 hours there is definitely not enough! Not a criticism of the tour, just an observation on my part. Our guide was informative and have a good level of detail so we got a good feel for the place although we had to miss out on the brothel because the queue was so long. Herculaneum much quieter and I think I enjoyed that more as better preserved. 2 hours here was just about right. However my issue with the tour was that on booking it said MAX 21 people which I already thought was a lot and when we got there, there was 27 of us. It was such a big group we often got separated from the guide and probably got to see less just because of the logistics of a big group. Our guide did the best he could but it can’t be easy trying to corral nearly 30 people by himself. So overall it was a good overview but I would like to go back to Pompeii to explore a bit more either by myself or a much smaller group.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent tour with the best guide and driver
Tamara_W
, Jul 2022
Our bus driver Carlos and tour guide Tony were the best. Highly recommend this tour. Tony was so polite and friendly calling our group “family” during the whole tour. He gave lots of history and showed us all the best parts of the ruins. He was patient, stress free and explained every part of the journey, throwing a few jokes in here and there. It was a fabulous day and Tony was one of the loveliest and nicest guides we had in our holiday. Everything was well orgnaised and nothing was rushed. We really enjoyed this tour.
star-5
Great tour!! Highly recommended 👍
Perly_K
, Jul 2022
What an amazing experience. This place is absolutely massive. It was quite uncomfortable with heat and all but our guide Tony was so patient and calm guiding us along….. Our bus was very comfortable and lunch was provided which give us chance to relax for a short while. You have to use your imagination what it was like back then…brilliant tour!! Would love to see it again. Thank you❤️
star-5
nice service to cover Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day with pickup from Sorrento peninsula
Vikas_B
, Jun 2022
It was a fantastic tour with a very experienced guide. Everything went smooth as planned including pick up at exact time. Liked Pompeii but more impressed by Hernaculenium.
star-3
Not sure we got the full tour
Christina_G
, Jun 2022
Our small group turned out to be 26 people. Not what I consider a small group. Disappointed we were not given any time to explore or shop on our own as we were rushed to lunch that was served by unfriendly staff. I got to see a Pompeii exhibit that came to the states as a kid and was very excited to see it in person. Sadly, we didn’t even have time to go into the gift shop as we were rushed away to the bus. It would have been nice to pick up a remembrance of our trip, but nope, had to get to the bus. In Herculaneum, the guide took us to an area where we could view the entire site. He showed us an area where they found the remains of many bodies near the original shore line. He indicated that we would not be able to go down there even though we saw many people in that area. He led our group to the exit and started to lead us in until two other guides started arguing with him. After a lengthy conversation, he turned around and we walked to the entrance and actually did go to the area he previously pointed out to us. At that point I wondered if he was cutting our tour short as I saw several groups go into places we did not go. I will say, he was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, but was our tour short changed? This was our first Viator tour and it will probably be our last. I was not impressed.
star-4
Average tour arrangement
Richard_C
, May 2022
Bus was nice and decent AC works prefect. Guide is good, would prefer better one since she speaks English but with strong Itallian accent that little bit hard to understand. End if the tour we need to drop about 5-6 couple to 5 different hotels before dropping us. Suppose to start at 08.30 or 9 but need to pick up few couples from different hotel so we start about 30 mins from the time that was set up. Provided meal was really average for such a price
star-5
Excellent tour guide,nice lunch. Great descriptions.
Teri
, Apr 2022
Ralph was excellent tour guide. We enjoyed the trip..Greatly informative. Pickup and drop off easy. Could ask for more.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Super Tour
Laura_S
, Apr 2022
This tour is an outstanding guide to the secrets of Pompeii. Our knowledgeable guide Rafaela had over 40 years of expert knowledge on all aspects of both sites. Walking on the stones of Pompeii and into the forum, through the houses and living quarters allowed us to imagine what life was like at the time of eruption.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
If you only have time for one tour - this should be it!
Kathleen_S
, Apr 2022
Lia was our guide. Very knowledgeable. Really informative talk. The journey to Pompeii, and the tour round it (pointing out things we would never have spotted ourselves)- she filled with facts for us. The lunch included (great value and happy to give us seconds if anyone wanted) right by the entrance of the park. The journey to Herculaneum and again fabulous guided tour round. Lia regaled us with story and fact after fact. An incredible day - definitely not to be missed. We cannot rate the tour, and Lia in particular, highly enough.
star-5
Roberta is GOLD
Stephanie_P
, Apr 2022
Visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum has been a dream for me since I was a young girl. I was nervous that the tour would be rushed and disappointing after waiting so many years to visit, as I had a somewhat disappointing experience with a tour in Venice that was very rushed and impersonal. I hit the jackpot with Roberta as our tour guide. She is absolutely precious and adorable and her enthusiasm and excitement is electric. She know SO much rich detail and shares it with such emotion and animation. She truly brings the history to life. I asked her many questions and she knew thorough answers for every one. I could tell she is passionate about the history and the region. Her husband is also a tour guide and three other family members. It’s truly her life! The tour exceeded my expectations. Even though you scratch the surface in what there is to see and learn (it’s obvious Roberta has an endless wealth of knowledge), you feel satiated that you got a wonderful experience and gained fantastic knowledge. I’m so grateful for her work. The lunch was a nice surprise too. Lovely all around. Good group too.
star-5
History delight
Kim_C
, Sep 2020
Had a great time and made so interesting by our wonderful guide. A must see if you want to see the history we have all heard about. Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Herculaneum and pompeii
Vicki R
, Nov 2019
One of our most favorite tours we took the whole month we were in Italy. The history is amazing. We only scratched the surface of Pompeii but would not have wanted to miss Herculaneum, though smaller it is better preserved. Lunch was very good and we had a great day. You would not know what you were seeing with out a great tour. Our guide was very good and really knew the history.
star-5
GREAT EXPERIENCE
joewH9275BE
, Nov 2019
The tour we were on was a great experience and our tour guide SUSAN was excellent,very informative and knowledgeable.Both sites in one day is hard work but is also well worth it.All in all a great tour .
star-3
Exhausting with many areas unseen
Dreamer13681
, Oct 2019
This excursion is not for those who are not in good physical condition: walking many ours over stones and uneven levels and climbing stairs. If you have a guidebook you realize that many of the sites were NOT shown on this tour. However, a knowledgeable guide is good to have. We appreciated that. I suggest one should not schedule back to back 8 hour tours of Pompeii and Herculaneum followed the next day by a tour of Rome.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great docent
Mtraidman
, Oct 2019
Sasa did a great job. We really enjoyed the tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum. His knowledge and humor were great. I would recommend this tour.
star-5
Wonderful visit, incredible place
wkhofman
, Oct 2019
Christy was our guide and she couldn't have been better. Her depth of knowledge was incredible and she voice was so pleasant and soothing to listen to. It was a wonderful day and we would have wasted a lot of time it without a guide because the place is so enormous one doesn’t know where to start. I felt we had an excellent understanding how Pompeii was prior to the eruption thanks to her insightful guidance. Highly recommend the tour and try to get Christy if possible.
star-5
Great tour with knowledgeable guide
Sandra D
, Sep 2019
Great tour, Dino our Guide was so enthusiatice and knowledgable. We were pleased we chose a tour that covered Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day with the same guide, as Dino was able to highlight similarities and point out differences between the two sites. A great visit, than you

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